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Economic regulation in the face of declining demand

Overview of decision - On 28 March 2016, the Federal Court dismissed Telstra's appeal against the ACCC's October 2015 decision setting the prices for fixed line telecommunications services. In upholding the ACCC's...more

What to do when the winner of a sweepstakes or contest wants a different prize

What if you offer a sweepstakes and the winner wants to receive only a portion of the prize? Recently, a winner won a vacation for her and a travel companion. However, she did not want anyone to travel with her even though it...more

Hogan Lovells academic all-stars debate hot tech topics

On 17 March Hogan Lovells hosted a live webinar where several of our Global TMT thought leaders interviewed a panel of academic experts from our Law and Technology Academic Advisory Council on the key legal and tech trends...more

FTC Issues Order Against Debt Relief Company for Alleged Misrepresentations

On February 27, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) entered into a stipulated order for permanent injunction and monetary judgment with defendants United Debt Counselors, LLC, a debt relief company, and its principals,...more

More Broken Privacy Promises from Upromise: Key Takeaways From Upromise’s Latest Settlement with the FTC

“Don’t make promises that you don’t intend to keep” is an admonishment received by every child and delivered by every parent. This pithy maxim is equally applicable to consent orders entered into with regulatory authorities....more

Consumer Review Fairness Act Taking Effect

The Consumer Review Fairness Act (CRFA) began to take effect yesterday, March 14, 2017. One aim of the CRFA is to protect consumers’ ability to publicly review services and vendors without being subject to restrictions or...more

$7.5 Million Reason to Call a Telemarketing Lawyer

On March 13, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC” or “Commission”) announced that a slew of Arizona State companies and their owners have agreed to pay $25 million to settle a lawsuit filed in connection with the...more

Mexico Judicial Criteria Issued for Telecommunications Antitrust and Preponderance

One of the purposes of the 2013 Amendment to the Mexican Constitution was to promote competition in telecommunications and broadcasting services. As part of the reform, the Federal Telecommunications Institute, or Instituto...more

Influencer Marketing: Best Practices for Advertisers & Agencies

Influencer marketing saw explosive growth in 2016, with 86% of marketers having used the tactic, 94% of whom found it effective. In 2016, most marketers spent between $25,000 to $50,000 per influencer marketing program, which...more

The Competition Bureau applies strict standards to retail price claims in Canada

Regular prices, sale prices, clearance sales – these terms are ubiquitous in the retail world and are a familiar component of marketing strategies intended to convince consumers that now is the best time to make a purchase...more

FCC Votes To Block Its Own Privacy Rule

New Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) Chairman Ajit Pai signaled last week that he is planning to take the first step to return authority over broadband providers’ privacy and data security practices to the Federal...more

Scratching the Surface: The FTC’s Phishing Tips for Victim Companies Are a Good First Step but Companies Should Not Stop There

In one type of phishing, fraudsters impersonate your business when contacting consumers. Phishing victims think they’re giving information to your company — by phone or Internet —but instead give personal or financial...more

National Debt Relief Provider Reaches $9 Million Settlement with FTC for Deceptive Solicitations

On March 7, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas entered a stipulated order prohibiting a national debt relief provider from making misleading...more

Privacy Tip #77 – FTC Offers Tips to Businesses That Have Been Impersonated by Phishing Schemes

On March 6, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released tips and a video to businesses that have been impersonated by Phishing schemes. The guidance, entitled “Has a phishing scam hooked your company’s good name?”...more

A Primer On FTC Cybersecurity Enforcement

According to the Breach Level Index, the total number of data records lost or stolen in just the first half of 2016 was 554,454,942, stemming from 974 breach incidents. In the entire year of 2015, there were 707.5 million...more

Federal Trade Commission Delivers Cross-Device Tracking Report Recommendations

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) office recently published the Cross-Device Tracking: An FTC Staff Report. It provides an interesting look behind the curtains of the current operations in cross-device data tracking...more

FTC and 10 States Settle with Caribbean Cruise Lines for Robocall Accusations

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and ten states settled charges against the Florida-based cruise line, Caribbean Cruise Line, Inc. (CCL), for an illegal telemarking campaign that inundated consumers with billions...more

Advertising Law - February 2017 #4

Not-So-Smart TV: Vizio Settles Over Data Collection - For installing software on smart TVs and collecting viewing data on 11 million consumers without their knowledge or consent, Vizio, Inc. will pay the Federal Trade...more

Unfair Commercial Practices: The European Court of Justice Specifies Criteria for Comparative Advertising

On 8 February 2017, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) handed down a judgment on a reference for a preliminary ruling stating that comparative advertising can be misleading if consumers are not provided with information on...more

FTC Suing Router Company Without Underlying Data Loss

The new Administration may stand for regulatory rollback in many areas, but consumer privacy is (so far) not one. Trump's Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is pursuing a router manufacturer whose equipment hasn't caused any...more

Q&A with Joshua Gans, author of “The Disruption Dilemma”

Your recent book “The Disruption Dilemma” examines how disruption can destroy even the best managed corporations. The case studies in your book – the mobile phone industry disrupted by Apple, Blockbuster’s store-based video...more

VIZIO Pays $2.2 Million for Viewing Histories on 11 Million Smart Televisions

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a press release on February 6, 2017 that it and the State of New Jersey have settled with Vizio for $2.2 million for claims that Vizio installed software on its smart TVs to collect...more

FTC Requires that iSpring’s “Built in USA” Claims Hold Water

On February 1, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and iSpring Water Systems, LLC (“iSpring”) reached a settlement regarding its false, misleading, and unsupported claims that its water filtration systems and parts are...more

Big Brother and your TV – Vizio settles lawsuit with FTC and NJ Attorney General

Vizio sold more than 11 million smart televisions since 2010. These televisions contained tracking devices which captured consumers’ IP addresses and television watching practices without alerting consumers or getting their...more

FTC / DAA Extend Data Privacy Focus to Cross-Device Tracking

Enforcement of the Digital Advertising Alliance “Application of the Principles of Transparency and Control to Data Used Across Devices” (DAA Cross-Device Principles) officially began on February 1, just a week after the FTC...more

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